This is the title of an article that was posted in the religion section of the Huffington Post a few days ago. It created a huge discussion (>4,500 comments and growing) in the comments section. It seemed as if 99% of the comments were negative, full of vitriol, enmity, derision, intellectual hubris, and even delight in trashing the bible, or mocking those who believe in it. I have laid out my tentative answer. What would your answer be?
All questions have a fourfold answer in my way of looking at things. So the answer to the question “Is the bible true?” is: a) yes, b)no, c)both yes and no, and d) neither yes or no! All of these are true! However, I believe we are asking the wrong question. Asking the right question is the key to getting the correct divine answer. Sometimes living within the question is the best we can do when faced with a big question. A better question I came up with is “What wisdom can we glean from the bible or any other sacred inspired literature?” or “How can we use the bible as a vehicle through which the living presence of God can speak to us directly, here today?”
The bible is a mirror just like all of life. We do not see the world or life as it is; we see the world as we are (Anais Nin). If you see Beauty in the world, it is because you have found the hidden beauty within. If you see a lack of truth in the bible, maybe you have failed to find the truth within yourself. We interpret the bible through the filter of our level of consciousness. Socrates said “Know thyself” and he wasn’t talking about the external physical self. Anyone can see and describe outward physical differences. The true answers are found within.
This reminds me of the difficult question in the bible put to the world’s wisest man when two women came to him to settle the dispute of who the real mother was to an infant child. King Solomon, in his wisdom, decided to cut the baby in two pieces and give one piece to each of the disputed mothers. To this decision, one of the women cried out “No please don’t; give the baby to her, he is her child!” Solomon replied”Now I know without a shadow of a doubt who the real birth mother is” and gave the infant to the one who had made the great, loving sacrifice of giving away her own child to save his life and keep him from harm!
Is a teaching story true? Is any story true? Is any belief, or the stories that arise out of a belief, really true? There is a greater question. A better question is: Is there wisdom and understanding that can arise from a teaching story or parable? Wisdom can often be cloaked or veiled in an awkward or imperfect vehicle. Wisdom is often hidden in plain sight! Seek wisdom rather than seeking exclusive veracity. The Spirit of God often speaks through the most unlikely sources, or is revealed in the most surprising places! Open the eyes of your heart and SEE! Then one can KNOW rather than believe!
“My mouth shall speak wisdom; the meditations of my heart shall be understanding” (Psalm 49:3).
There is a huge chasm between intellectual knowledge and wisdom that relates to the abyss that separates the human ego from union with God. The separation exists because many human beings are looking in all the wrong places for God: outside themselves or external to themselves. You will never find God external to your heart; even if you search your mind, you will never find God. God is the hidden treasure that is found in the depths of the heart! God is the hidden splendor that is hidden in plain sight! Once you find God in the secret, sacred chamber of your deep heart, then and only then will the seed grow until you can see the tree of life everywhere. The spark of light you find in the darkness of the deeps within, will grow until it is so light everywhere, that you will need no external lamp to see in the dark! The yeast will rise until you are able to bake a plethora of tasty loaves of warm, healthy, Living Bread! “O taste and see that the Lord is good!…those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing” (Psalm 34:8,10b).
Fast during Lent from negative thoughts, distorted emotions, and harmful words or actions; and SAVOR the presence of the transformative power of God. Eat of the yummy fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, self-control, and faithfulness (Galatians 5:22). Eat of the banquet feast of divine abundance, love, harmony, light, acceptance, joy, belonging, serenity, and wisdom.
Remember your way back to the very center of your being (the Holy Spirit is an expert at guiding you), to the eternal fountain of refreshment within (Mary Strong). “You can only reach God in stillness, in calmness…refuse this frantic littleness; stand and wait…be comforted by your turning to the divine companion who never leaves or forsakes thee…through contemplative stillness you would be able to reach your God, that through this silence your inward and secret light would be revealed to you…it is the good news!” (Letters of the Scattered Brotherhood by Mary Strong).
Try opening a bible, give thanks, and ask to be guided to receive a message from the living presence of God. Be still and know. Take a few deep breaths and relax all of your muscles. Let go of worries, fears, and problems. Enter the sacred silence of your secret heart. Wait in open expectation of your good. Receive a word from God!
“You are a distinct portion of the essence of God: and contain part of him in yourself. Why, then, are you ignorant of your noble birth? Why do you not consider whence you came? Why do you not remember, when you are eating, who you are who eats; and whom you feed? Do you not know that it is the Divine you feed; the Divine you exercise? You carry a God about with you, poor wretch, and know nothing of it.” Epictetus A.D. 50
How would YOU answer the question “Is the bible true?” Please comment to this post if you have an answer to the question. Would you add, delete, change, or take issue with my answer? Please comment and I will post my answer on Huffington Post in the next few days.